BARNSTABLE, MA — Barnstable High School has suspended winter sports until at least Monday, Jan. 24, amid rising coronavirus cases.
The decision to halt sports was made Tuesday at the superintendent level in conjunction with the district health director, school nurses and athletic trainers, athletic director Scott Thomas told the Barnstable Patriot on Wednesday.
Principal Liz Freedman in an email to parents said the suspension will last at least 10 days to help stop the spread of COVID-19 among teams.
“We know it’s tough for a lot of our students, and hopefully we’ll be ready to play soon,” Freedman said. “The Superintendent and Chief Health Officer are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and will share any further information that arises.”
Following the ruling, more than 1,000 people signed an online petition to Governor Charlie Baker urging that athletics resume immediately at Barnstable High School.
“This season has gone well with the stay and test program as well as the athletes and coaches following the mask guidelines,” the petition reads. “The only time a school has closed an entire team is when the majority of the team has tested positive. You do NOT close entire teams and programs for one case or a handful of cases! Children deserve to play – they have to play – being with their teams is the safest place for them!